The Colorado School of Mines men’s cross country team traveled to Spokane, Washington this past weekend and left with a top-five finish and three repeat All-Americans. This was the fifth top-five finish in as many years for the men’s cross country team after their second place showing last year. RMAC rivals Adams State and Western State finished first and fourth respectively, with Grand Valley State taking second, and Augustana third.
In his final cross country race as an Oredigger, senior Andrew Epperson finished the 10k course in a time of 30:44.6; good enough for 13 out of 246 racers, and claimed his second consecutive All-American honor after finishing twenty-ninth last year. Hometown boy Derek Alcorn, junior, garnered his third All-American honor after finishing in thirty-third, just one spot ahead of fellow junior Phil Schneider, who finished the race by gaining 10 positions to claim thirty-fourth. Alcorn and Schneider finished with respective times of 31:11.9 and 31:12.0, and Schneider received his second All-American award.
Rounding out the scoring for the Orediggers was sophomore Marty Andrie and senior Frank Socha who completed the course in 31:49.1 (74th) and 31:54.0 (78th). Red-shirt freshman Seth Topper made his nationals debut finishing 117 out of 246 in 32:30.9 and Sophomore Drew Kerschieter finished 144 in 32:42.9 in his debut.
The lone qualifier from the women’s cross country team, junior Chloe Gustafson, finished a career best 52 out of 244 runner with a 6k time of 22:02.7. Her previous best was 79th at last year’s nationals.